There is good news those who only have time to exercise the weekend – the so-called 'weekend warriors'. Cramming your recommended weekly exercise several weekend sessions is sufficient to help you live longer. Researchers Loughborough University and the University Sydney found that there were few differences health benefits working daily or only the weekends as long as people burnt enough calories. The researchers discovered that weekend warriors lowered their risk dying cardiovascular diseases 41 per cent and from cancer 18 per cent, compared with those who did no exercise. Those who exercised regularly reduced their risks 41% and 21%.
The researchers' article is published the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Their findings are based a survey of around 64,000 adults aged 40. The researchers recommended people engage a total of at least 150 minutes moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes vigorous activity once or twice a week. They said: "The present study suggests that less frequent bouts activity, which might be more easily fit a busy lifestyle, offer considerable health benefits." They added: "A particularly encouraging finding was that a physical activity frequency as low as one or two sessions week was associated lower mortality risks."